Broadly speaking, my research attempts to integrate paleontological and neontological data into a phylogenetic context. An integrative, organismal approach is an essential part of the study of plant evolution. Developing comparative data among extant plants is a fruitful source of evolutionary information. Further, these data have the potential to improve interpretation of the fossil record. I find interdisciplinary approaches the most satisfying. I incorporate techniques drawn from geology, plant morphology, developmental anatomy, systematics, proteomics, and genetics. My research involves field work, collections (i.e herbaria, living collections, and fossil collections), and laboratory studies.
My graduate training was focused on whole‐plant organismal concepts of fossil plants from the Cretaceous and Paleogene periods of British Columbia, including comparative plant anatomy of modern plants. The majority of my postdoctoral work since then has focused on questions in plant evolution using integrative and multidisciplinary approaches ranging from fossil descriptions to extant plant structural and molecular development, including proteomic and transcriptomic approaches.